Deputy Governor of Edo, Rt. Hon Philip Shaibu, at the weekend, paid condolence visits to the bereaved families of late former Vice Chancellor of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma (AAU), Prof. Cordelia Ainenihi Agbebaku and former Chairman of Etsako East Local Government, Suleman Afegbua.
The first port of call was the home of the Agbebakus where Hon Shaibu described late Mrs Agbebaku as a great woman of courage who could never be distracted because she was always focused.
The deputy governor said it was painful that she left at this time and at a relatively young age,but encouraged the family to take solace in the fact that she lived a fulfilled life,adding that no one can question God.
” I am a part of this family. So, we members of the family should celebrate our departed mummy she was fulfilled. As a VC,she was able to stabilize AAU as at that time. I must say that she came, she saw and she conquered.”
He prayed that God should continue to give the entire family the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.
The widower, Prof. Philip Enahoro Agbebaku,who was on hand with his four children to receive the Deputy Governor and his entourage said that despite the fact that his wife died young, she leaved a fulfilled life.
The bereaved husband thanked the state government for the support as the family mourns.
Late Mrs Agbebaku died on Feb. 16, 2017, at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Edo State during a brief illness at the age of 56 years, her remains were interred last Friday in Ohumora, Owan West Local Government Area of the state.
She is survived by her husband, Prof. Philip Agbebaku and four children.
At the home of the Afegbuas in Okpilla where he met the aged father of the decessed, and other members of the family,
Hon Shaibu described the late former council boss as an honest ,and energetic person who was committed to the development of his area.
The deputy governor who signed the condolence register at about 3.55pm said the sudden death of Suleiman was unfortunate and prayed against untimely death in the family,while also believing that the diseased is in the right hand side of the Lord. He also prayed God to give his family the fortitude to bear the huge loss. He was accompanied by the member representing Etsako Central in the state house of assembly, Hon Damian Lawani and the Deputy Chief of Staff, office of the deputy governor, Barr Kingsley Ehigiamusor.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Mr Abu Momodu, welfare Secretary to the Afegbua dynasty, thanked Shaibu for his timely visit inspite of his busy schedules.
The late Suleiman was shot dead by unknown gun men along Benin, Ekpoma road on Thursday, March 16. He was 45 years old. He was buried same day according to the Islamic rites.
Ranching, the only solution to farmers/ herders clashes – Ortom
From Rose Ejembi, Makurdi.
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has insisted that ransching remained the only solution to the incessant herders/farmers clashes in the state.
The Governor stated this, on Monday, while addressing the Benue people at the stakeholders meeting to address the farmer/ herders clashes in the state maintained that Nigeria must adopt the world best practices in raising cattle.
According to Governor Ortom, “We are not stopping herders from grazing their cattle but we are saying that Nigeria is growing and we need to adopt world best practices in raising cattle. We continue to say that cattle grazing in our state must follow the world’s best practices of ranching.”
“I am elected by the people of Benue and it is my responsibility to do their bidding and my people want ranching and so, on ranching I stand. But it must be a collective decision. We need to team up together to achieve this.”
Advising that as God-fearing people, the people of the state should not take laws into their hands, the Governor said committees had already been inaugurated at the state, local governments and ward levels to address these incessant farmer herders clashes.
He assured that government was ready to address the problems but added that both the farmers and herders must exercise restraints and stop taking laws into their hands.
“Our people should not take laws into their hands because we do not have the capacity to fight. The same also goes to the Fulani man. Two wrongs do not make a right. There is no point for Fulanis to go on reprisal by killing people because we try to pay compensation.”